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statement necklace

Mémé Delphine’s favorite store is Talbots. (She pronounces it “Tal-bo,” which makes it sound so chic). So I have spent many hours sitting in the “husband” chair waiting for her. But next time I’m in there I am going to head over to the accessories department, because I see that they have some very cool, hip necklaces, like the pretty one shown above. I like the understated hues, paired with not-too-shiny gold. It’s chunky, but not crazy heavy looking.

Choosing a statement piece of jewelry for your wedding day is tricky — look for something that reflects your personality, isn’t too trendy, and will stand the test of time. I particularly like something that you can dress down, and wear with a white shirt and jeans. Every time I wear my wedding day necklace I think of the first time I wore it, and how amazing that day was.

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stripes (yes, again)

So you may have noticed I have a thing for stripes. I’m seeing them everywhere lately. Usually they just show up in “Resort” collections, but this year they are lasting into winter. These four are some of my favorites: Top left: Stripe long sleeve shirt from Chance; top right: stripe wool sweater from Target; bottom right: stripe cardigan from Aerie;  bottom left: stripe hoodie from J. Crew

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daydream

I cannot remember the last time I took a vacation. Lately I’ve been daydreaming a lot about taking a snorkeling trip.

1. Bikini from Victoria’s Secret (love that hat, too).  2. Bain de Soleil reminds me of sailing.  3. Love this orange fish beach towel from Hermés.  4. Little Palm Island is just a few miles away from where Mémé Delphine lived for years, Cudjoe Key, Florida. I spent a lot of time snorkeling this area when I was a kid. 5. Bahamian dollars are so pretty, aren’t they? It’s almost a shame to spend them on rum runners and cold beers. 6. Snorkeling is my absolute favorite thing to do in the world.

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snow and graham and garnet hill partner

I was thrilled to see that fellow stationers Snow and Graham have branched out beyond paper and have partnered with Garnet Hill. Love that Zinnia cardigan! Check out their collection of clothes, bedding and other goodies at Garnet Hill. Congrats, Snow & Graham and Garnet Hill, on a wonderful new partnership!

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wish list: fall uniform

When I was in high school I HATED having to wear my uniform. But now, the idea doesn’t seem so bad. If I had a fall uniform, I think it would look something like this:

Jeggings (! did you even know that’s a word? I just learned it) from AllSaints; comfy-chic lace and zip boots by 9West; perfect white shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs; and an effortless charcoal scarf by Gucci.

Add in some cool Ray Ban shades, a classic Baum & Mercier watch, and a nice Chloé bag and I’d be ready for anything. A girl can dream, right?

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romantic gowns by Monique Lhuillier

These lovely dresses are all from Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring 2011 collection. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a romantic garden wedding? I just love the muted color palette. Ladies, don’t be afraid of a little print. Too much and it becomes sort of matchy matchy tea cozy feeling, but a bit here and there is lovely. Lhuillier even showed a wedding gown with a floral print like the short bm dress above. You can see the gowns that Lhuillier sent down the catwalk at fashion week here.

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photos from official Mercedes-Benz Fashion week website.

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tv love: austin and santino

Last night while the rest of the world was watching NFL football, I was catching up on work with the tv on in the background. Which led me to discover Project Runway alumns Austin and Santino’s show on Lifetime. Have you seen it? It’s fabulous! Full of inspiration and touching moments and silliness. It’s truly fun to watch. And good news: you can watch full episodes on MyLifetime.com! I really love episode 5, when they make a gorgeous wedding gown with a detachable train. I plan to go back and watch again while I don’t have a pile of work calling my name (hoping that happens some day).

By the way, check out the ampersand in the show logo. Clever, huh?

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color i love: electric blue

J’adore the electric blue color that Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing on the cover of the latest Vogue (August 2010). Personally, I think electric blue is the only great thing about the “new wave” revival. How does she manage to always always look oh so chic: polished but not stuffy; on trend but not, you know, trendy; classic and fashion forward at the same time?!?!! Also, I’m in love with her kitchen:

You can read the article about Gwyneth Paltrow on Vogue.com. Photos by Mario Testino

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sweet summer soirée: a lobster bake outfit

While I have never been to a lobster bake (I’m more of an oyster roast girl myself … think flip flops, jean shorts and cold beers), my alter-ego would simply love a fancy beach party involving shellfish, white wine spritzers, and a kitchy outfit like this.

shown above: 1. lobster dress from anthropologie  | 2. rattan purse by tory burch  | 3. red sunglasses by kate spade  | 4. hand knotted rope bracelets  from knotworks | 5. black espadrilles with shells by nanette lepore

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nautical stripes for spring

Every March the nautical stripes come out. I think it’s part of the “resort” or “cruise” collections at all the stores. You can count on it, just like every September plaid will make an appearance. I’m comforted by these classics! Stripes really put me in the mood for spring.

details: 1: set sail trousers (anthropologie) ::: 2: Nautical personal stationery and calling cards (delphine) ::: 3: nautical tote (l.l. bean) ::: 4: low heeled espadrille slides (old navy) ::: 5: pin tuck white shirt (loft) ::: 6: anchor charms (cardsandcraft, etsy) ::: 7: rope necklace (brooklynrehab, etsy) ::: 8: nautical striped scarf (h&m) ::: 9: vintage brass anchor locket (thebumblingbird, etsy)

I’ll admit that I have more than a couple stripey tees in my closet, including this new one by Jean Paul Gaultier for Target:

Because one entire side of the shirt is open, I also bought a box of safety pins. I plan to wear a white tank underneath, and also “sew” it up with different sized safety pins. It’s going to be my beach & pool coverup this summer.

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